When two paths diverge in the woods, taking the one less traveled can make all the difference.
But in the U.S.'s National Parks, which hosted more than 325 million visitors during their centennial last year, finding any trail that would qualify as “less traveled” is easier said than done.
To help improve your odds of getting some trail time to yourself, TomTom and the National Park Foundation partnered up on an archive of maps of less popular hiking paths, cave exploration routes and walkable national landmarks.
Here’s an example of the kind of trail you can expect to hike using the archive, the Lost Horse Mine Loop in Joshua Tree: “Lost Horse Mine was once a true gold mine producing more than 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver. The six-mile loop is a popular destination for visitors looking for a challenging hike and follows the road developed to haul ore and supplies.”
Featuring info about routes in well-known parks like Acadia, Yosemite and Glacier, all the content in the “Trails Across the National Parks” archive is downloadable and, even better, free.